Sorry for the "SHOUTING", but we're thrilled to announce that today, Andrea broke the 5 pound mark. (Barely) She is now 2270 grams, or 5 pounds, 0.07 ounces! In addition to being the size of a near term baby, she has also quintupled her birth weight, something that most babies do not do in the first 4 months of life!
The other big news is that Andrea MAY be coming home on Friday, June 5, 2009. Yes, THIS Friday. We have moved into crisis mode, and are furiously working to prepare the house. Mom and I bought a crib in a panic today, so at least Andrea has a place to sleep. There are several things that have to happen before we can bring her home, but the hospital is working on their end, and we're working on ours.
First, Andrea had an MRI of her brain today. We'll get the results tomorrow. This is required for all preemies prior to discharge. She will be coming home on oxygen, so we need to have training on the use of the equipment. Ken and I will room in at the hospital Thursday to Friday, where we'll take care of Andrea while the nurses watch the monitors. We need to have oxygen delivered to the house. We have to bring our car seat to the SCN for a check to make sure it is appropriate for her. We need to see the pediatrician on Monday, so I have to make that appointment ASAP.
We know that the reason we are here now is because of the prayers, love and support of our families and friends. Please continue to pray for us as we undergo this happy, exciting, yet scary and stressful transition. Also, we know that many of you are anxious to meet Andrea. Please know that we want to show her off, but we need to make sure her transition to home is smooth, and she doesn't get sick. For the immediate future, visits will be severely limited. Please do not "drop by". Much as we want to see people, Andrea's health has to come first. You all got us to this point; we ask that you be patient just a bit longer.
“You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make.”
Gorden B. Hinkley